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I certainly derived my skills as a prose writer from my scrutiny of poetry and of the individual word. But schools don't do things like that anymore - tracking words down to their roots.
Henry James's later works would have been better had he resisted that curious sort of self-indulgence, dictating to a secretary. The roaming garrulousness of ordinary speech is usually corrected when it's transcribed into written prose.
Joyce Carol Oates
My experience is that prose usually equals duty - last minute, overdue-deadline stuff or a panic lecture to be written.
Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.
It's true that at the time I was fond of Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and it was from them that I learned about this kind of simple, swift-paced style, but the main reason for the style of my first novel is that I simply did not have the time to write sustained prose.
For me, writing essays, prose and fiction is a great way to be self-indulgent.
The newspaper is, in fact, very bad for one's prose style. That's why I gravitated towards feature stories where you get a little more leeway in the writing style.
It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip.
Many of today's verses are prose and bad prose.
My early prose style - this is so embarrassing - was sort of a suburban, Presbyterian knockoff of Woody Allen.
There were aspects of stardom I didn't like, which were of no consequence, really, but the positive things far outweighed the negative. By the time I came to write 'Setting Sons,' I felt my writing was more like prose, set to music.
There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong.
'The Sound of Things Falling' may be a page turner, but it's also a deep meditation on fate and death. Even in translation, the superb quality of Vasquez's prose is evident, captured in Anne McLean's idiomatic English version. All the novel's characters are well imagined, original and rounded.
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose.
Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
William C. Bryant
Cliches and adjectives permeated my prose.
When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box, but prose is endless. I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut!
Writing anything is terribly hard but, alas for me, because I am addicted, a heck of a lot of fun. I often am sorry I ever started writing prose, because it is so hard. But I can't stop.
Writing for theatre is certainly different to writing an essay or any other kind of fiction or prose: it's physical. You're also telling a story, but sometimes the story isn't exactly what you intend; maybe you uncover something you had no idea you were going to uncover.
I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass.
Prose talks and poetry sings.
I started out as a writer. Poetry and prose and also kind of satirical David Sedaris-esque stuff.
There are people who believe in an absolutely transparent prose; with every respect for clarity of expression, I don't.
John M. Ford
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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